By Mya Gosling
It’s that time of year again… The Stratford Festival‘s opening is just around the corner and it’s time to take a look at their playbill for the season. Here we go!
First up we have a classic musical that needs no introduction.
Then some Shakespeare! This production of The Tempest has a female Prospero, so… ignore the beard.
Then it’s everybody’s favorite sci-fi/comedy/horror rock musical!
Then a stage adaptation of a classic book.
The following is possibly the production I’m most excited about. By all accounts this is going to be an extremely cinematic and visually stunning production of an underrated Shakespeare play.
Let’s lighten things up with some Oscar Wilde. No, not the one with the handbag. It’s the one with all the letters.
I knew nothing about the following Italian play, which is getting a new translation at Stratford this season. It seems to be half rollicking riotous comedy and half cynical dark comedy. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.
This season’s production of Julius Caesar features some great gender-neutral casting, with Caesar and Cassius, among others, being played by female actors. Very excited about this.
DISCLAIMER. The following two plays are NEW plays, which means I don’t have any idea what they will actually be like. What I do know, though, is the source material they are based upon. And so I present….
…and, with a similarly literary bent, we have…
One more Shakespeare! This one looks like it’s going to be quite the production, with male/female Antipholi and Dromios.
Finally we have this entry from what I call “The American Canon of Miserable Families Being Miserable”, by Eugene O’Neill.
SOUNDS LIKE FUN!
But in all seriously, I’m very much looking forward to this season at the Stratford Festival. Maybe I’ll see you there!